Friday's REPRO TIP - Water babies! What are they? A "water baby"(also known as ANASARCA) is a congenital defect in which puppies are severely deformed due to extreme water retention (see picture below - bottom puppy is a normal Cavalier King Charles puppy, top puppy is a water baby). What actually causes it is unknown, but hypothyroidism, cardiac defects and an undetermined genetic defect have been hypothesized.
• Most common in brachycephalic breeds (Bulldogs and Pugs)
• Treatment has been described using furosemide (Lasix) and potassium supplementation. Success rate with such treatment has not been reported and may be unrewarding.
All around...clearly not a desirable finding during a C-section (most common, as these puppies have great difficulty passing through the birth canal), and one with a sad ending